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2007 Chevrolet Malibu

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Review

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Fresh from a major makeover last year, the Malibu sedan and Malibu Maxx wagon continue to offer consumers a strong incentive to move away from the leading imports and come home to Chevrolet. Loaded with unique features and based on a proven European platform, known in General Motors as the Epsilon, the Malibu and Malibu Maxx have strong appeal to consumers looking to get out of their gas-thirsty SUVs and into something fuel efficient, roomy and fun to drive. Although their engines and transmissions are not yet up to the standards set by Toyota and Honda, the Malibu and Malibu Maxx are far from outdated. Unfortunately, the pair still has some catching up to do in the area of residual and long-term resale values.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a mid-size sedan or hatchback with generous rear seat leg- and headroom plus an ample cargo hold, the Malibu and Malibu Maxx should be on your list. Those who spend hours in their cars will appreciate the excellent front seats.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're partial to Japanese-quality interiors, the Malibu probably won't cut it. Though clean, the overall interior is not up to the standard set by Mazda, Toyota and Hyundai. There is no manual transmission option, either.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 3.5-liter V6 is fitted with variable valve timing (VVT) and front and rear head-curtain airbags are now standard on LS and LT trims.

Driving the Malibu

Driving Impressions The Epsilon platform on which the Malibu rides shows itself once you start tossing the sedan into turns. The stiff body and firm suspension give up very little in the...

way of body lean, squat or dive. The Malibu easily pushes through tight turns, hindered only by its touring tires that squeal once they near their limits. At a standstill, the power steering is so light you can turn the wheel with one finger. Once in motion, however, the steering quickly firms up to return accurate and linear road feel. The four-speed automatic performs admirably, with a convenient up/down shift button that lets you toggle through gears one through three—a useful device when driving in snow.

Up/Down Shift Button
The up/down shift button on the automatic transmission lever lets you toggle between gears one through three.

Fold-Flat Passenger Seat
The Malibu's fold-flat front passenger seat increases cargo-hauling capability.

2007 Chevrolet Malibu Details
Interior

The Malibu's interior features large, legible gauges, a modern and clean center cluster and some of the best seats we've experienced in a Chevrolet. New colors and seat patterns definitely brighten the formerly monotone interior, but the plastic on the dash and door panels still needs some work. As for dimensions, the Malibu offers plenty of leg-, hip- and headroom both front and rear. The sedan's huge trunk also expands easily via the folding rear seat, while the Malibu Maxx wagon offers a sliding fore-and-aft split rear seat.

Exterior

Though handsome, the Malibu's exterior sheetmetal holds nothing earthshaking. Standout features include large jewel-like headlamps, styling lines that curve over the front and rear wheel arches and a bright chrome bar splitting the grille. While the sedan and wagon are virtually identical from the B-pillar forward, the Malibu Maxx distinguishes itself via a large flip-up hatchback and an additional six inches between the front and rear wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Malibu LS includes, as standard equipment, a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine, air conditioning, power door locks, four cup holders, dual power mirrors, power driver's seat height adjustment, two 12-volt outlets, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, tachometer, cruise control, power windows, AM/FM stereo with CD, front and rear head-curtain airbags and full wheel covers. The LT trim adds the 3.5-liter V6 (Maxx only), 16-inch alloy wheels, premium cloth seats, body-colored mirrors, door handles and rocker panels and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with touch controls. The LTZ adds automatic air conditioning, heated mirrors, side-impact airbags, heated leather seats, six-way power driver's seat, 17-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels and power adjustable pedals.

Optional Equipment

Popular options include a power sunroof, OnStar, front seat side-impact airbags, six-way power driver's seat, auto-dimming interior mirror, XM Satellite Radio, remote control starter, rear-seat DVD entertainment system (Maxx only) and a six-disc in-dash CD changer.

Under the Hood

The standard 2.2-liter engine is an underwhelming performer, but returns outstanding fuel economy considering the Malibu's size. The V6 models offer better power, with city/highway fuel economy almost equal to the four-cylinder. The new 200-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 with variable valve timing accelerates briskly, with very little growl even under full throttle. Passing power is also excellent and, once up to speed, the engine is barely audible inside the passenger compartment.

2.2-liter in-line 4
144 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
155 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/34

3.5-liter V6
217 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
217 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/32 (sedan), 20/29 (Maxx)

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 974 Ratings for the 2004 - 2007 models.

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  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

MalibuMaxx wonderful midsize car

By on Thursday, April 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 108,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Perfect size, great cargo capacity,comfortable"

Cons: "Turn signals and headlamp bulbs go very quickly"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my Maxx new in 2005. Used as my primary car for over 5 years, now a secondary car. Decided to buy AWD for Ohio snow in the country with a different car. Perfect mid-size car; being short, I love all the built in functionality that allows me to adjust the seat, steering wheel, even the height of the pedals. Fold down the seats, and the ability to carry items is truly amazing, vs. a standard trunk. I have the 6-cylinder, and it has enough "get-up and go" to enable me to pass slower vehicles on the West Virginia turnpike. No issues with mechanics, other than replacing brakes; and an AMAZING number of turn signal and headlight bulbs. First car I've ever had to keep a socket wrench in the glove box to change out bulbs on a regular basis. Love this car, except for the bulbs. Have recommended to several friends who each ended up buying a Malibu."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Dependable, functional comfortable car

By on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 176,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "mileage, flexibility of use and passenger space"

Cons: "best for four adults, or young family of five"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my Malibu Maxx in 2004, and have driven it for 11 years. I have 175,000+ miles on the car and no major repairs(except for an accident-not my fault-to the rear of the car). I have had an excellent experience with my car. the back seat has a surprising amount of leg room, and even my tallest friends are comfortable. The roof is tall enough that I can sit comfortably in the front seat (unlike my seabring) and see out the front without crouching, or hitting my head on the ceiling when I sit up straight. The hatch back makes this vehicle able to haul large amounts of stuff, and I have even had ten foot long pipes and boards in the car when I put the passenger seat down. Also, it has more ground clearance than many smaller sedans, and gets 26 city and 32 highway, which is pretty competitive with smaller, less functional cars."

Great at First/Disaster Now!

By on Sunday, April 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Reliable at First, Comfortable, Lots of Space"

Cons: "Continuous Jerking Unresolved Jerking Issues."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"This was a great car at first. I owned it for 3 years and all of sudden, one day my car jerked and shook for several minutes. The screen read "Traction Control" and "Engine Powered". I was so afraid the first time, so I cut the car off and started it back and it worked fine for several months. The jerking started again and I took it to Midas. These guys claimed it was my throttle body after reading the engine light code. So they replace the throttle body and this issue happened once a week for 3 weeks. Then they claimed it was my "Re-learn Position" that needed to be set. Finally, they set it and it was fine for months, but it happened again and they claimed it was my "Gas Pedal Actuator". So I had that replaced. Overall after researching, I believe it is the transmission, the ECU or Throttle body sensor. This problem happens at least 5 times a year now. To avoid wasting money, I just cut the car off and sit for 5 minutes and then continue my day. After this car dies, I am going to purchase a Nissan. P.S. I took the car to Two Chevy Dealerships and they could not find the problem."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Love my Malibu Maxx

By on Saturday, April 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 151,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Good size, good features"

Cons: "Don't make the model any more. No AWD"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I don't understand why they quit making this model. I have owned my 2004 Maxx for 8 years without any major issues."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Great, Reliable Car at a reasonable price

By on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 122,319

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, sunroof, heated seats"

Cons: "Weird thing with turn signals."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I loved my car. I purchased it new in 2004. It hardly required any service. Oil changes, new tires and a few tune-ups. The only little quirk was when the first rain would come (and it the Bay Area there isn't a huge rainy season) one or two turn signal bulbs would burn out. Sometimes I would have to replace the bulbs twice during the rainy season, but otherwise the car ran like a champ . . . until I got rear-ended and shoved into the car in front of me, totaling my car. I am going to get another one because it was such a great car."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great car for me and my small family

By on Saturday, February 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,300

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great Price"

Cons: "Back seat not wide enough for three car seats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I have nothing bad to say about this car. Very reliable and gas efficient. I have grown out of this car but it has been dependable and easy to afford."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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